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lobbying organizations in washington d.c. according to grover norquist 219 house members and 39 senators have signed americans for tax reform's no new taxes pledge. grover norquist's pledge. but now with the fiscal cliff looming, lawmakers who were once staunchly against raising revenues seem to be changing their tone a little bit. and grover norquist's influence may be fading fast. >> fewer and fewer people are signing this pledge. >> the pledge is dead. >> i'm not saying it's dead but i am saying the majority of members of congress see the fiscal cliff we want to sit down and we want to get something worked out. >> if you appropriate some of the money you achieved by eliminating deductions and loopholes to the national debt, even though that may technically violate the pledge, sign me up. that's a reasonable accommodation for a republican to make. >> jennifer: for the record, that was senators john mccain and lindsey graham so the question is this grover norquist's last stand? here with an answer is donnie fo
he was going to change the tone in washington. and every president says that. but the president does vice president the power to change the tone in washington. it takes two to consummate this tango, and obama tried. obama tried in many ways and at many different times as you know, the stimulus was more than one-third tax cuts he adopted a republican ideas for his health care reform. he went to republicans many times and said what will it take to get you to compromise with me on this bill and other bills, and he got no votes at all. so the republican's position is disrupt, be destructive, watch things fall apart, and then point their finger at him. >> jennifer: i'm curious what you think -- i have this theory that -- again, i could be all wet, but in the theme of hurricane sandy that bloomberg and chris christie who both need now significant investments to shore up their infrastructure to make sure these rolling storms which this won't be the last one since climate change is happening, that they might help to lead a charge in congress to do something finally about
up in the morning without your cup of coffee. >> jennifer: exactly. there was a recent "washington post" editorial who said that the president keeps his cool when the right insults him, but he gets really angry when the right accuses him of playing politics with say national security. do you agree? >> i would argue that one of the things that makes him a great leader but not a good politician is he isn't very petty. particularly earlier he wouldn't respond when he was losing political points to his opponents because he didn't think it was worthy of responding to right? and that cost him down the road and you can see when it comes to someone attacking someone he thinks is qualified to run our country, he gets really angry. same in the debates when he was accused of playing politics with human lives, you saw in his face that that was genuine anger. >> jennifer: so he is attacked from the right and the left, of course comedian bill maher called on president obama to stand up for progressive policies. take a listen. >> but it is now the job of progressives to hold
for political. he comes to us tonight from washington, d.c. tim thank you so much for being here. >> thank you, governor. >> jennifer: how important was it to regional stability that this deal was brokered by both the u.s. and egypt's muslim brotherhood. >> it's extremely important. the question is how durable this ceasefire will be. every day israelis living in the area around the gaza strip don't believe it's durable. tomorrow morning the schools in two of the towns within range, they are going to be close, and the reason is people aren't sure hamas will keep to its end of the bargain. >> jennifer: obviously those rockets out of the gaza today are some indication of that. this is not a permanent solution, but how are both sides spinning it? >> sure. there the israel standpoint they are saying this conflict has allowed us to demonstrate the resiliency of this iron dome defense system. gaza has been able to say we have been able to fight off a lot of attacks from israel this shows our resiliency. their coming to a ceasefire is a broader view from all perspective as well. >> je
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